Apple Rumors: A5 and iOS Powered Airport Base Stations at WWDC, and iPad 3 with LTE by Christmas

Submitted by lalit on June 3, 2011 - 9:06pm.

With dwindling stocks of AirPort Extreme base station and Time Capsule, rumors are that Apple is planning to upgrade the Airport lineup. The new Airport base station will be based on Apple’s A4 or A5 processor and run on iOS according to Ars Technica’s source. The website further adds:

Apple may also integrate iCloud services with an updated Time Capsule. It could cache iCloud streaming files, for instance, or the device could sync recent Time Machine backups to iCloud storage (a backup for your backup). Additionally, if Time Machine backups are synced with iCloud, it could be possible to restore files remotely while on-the-go without having to connect to your Time Capsule remotely (which likely has a tiny upstream connecting to the Internet).
The source didn't mention any new functionality for Apple's AirPort Extreme base station, but it is possible to connect an external USB drive to those devices, which then function similarly to a Time Capsule. It seems likely that Apple could enable updated AirPort Extremes to do similar caching when an external drive is connected.

In addition to Ars Technica’s report, 9to5mac is reporting that Apple will add automatic software update feature to Time Capsules. 9to5mac posted:

What we do know is that Apple has been internally testing Time Capsules to cache Software Updates for both Mac and iOS devices.  The way we’ve heard it works is that the new Time Capsule learns which devices connect to it via Wifi.  It then goes out to Apple’s servers and downloads Software Updates for those products. When the user wants to install the software update, the Time Capsule, which is also the router, routes you to the locally stored update, rather than downloading the whole thing over the Internet.  This works for iOS updates as well, though the updating still happened via the Mac.

We are very sure that If Apple updates the Airport lineup they will definitely get features like iCloud support and maybe even get software update caching. Even though there are no hardware related rumors for WWDC yet, it looks like this WWDC keynote on June 6th will be a blast.

In other Apple related news, WSJ is reporting that analyst from CLSA believes that we will see iPad 3 before Christmas this year. CLSA says “While most vendors appear fixated on matching the specs and features of iPad2, our checks suggest Apple will release iPad3 in time for the holiday season, sporting a better display and LTE capabilities.”

We have yet not heard anything about an iPad 3, but we hope that we get it soon with Retina display and LTE support.